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Vincent van Gogh, go and mail that ear
Vincent van Gogh (3.30.1853 — 7.29.1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter who famously cut off one of his ears… and (purportedly) mailed it to a woman with whom he was infatuated.
However… Since rg is all about making you smart, here’s the real story on van Gogh’s severed ear…
“On the evening of December 23, 1888 van Gogh, seized by an attack of a metabolic disease, became very aggressive when Gauguin said he was leaving him for good. The men had a heated argument near the brothel and Vincent might have attacked his friend. Gauguin, wanting to defend himself and wanting to get rid of ‘the madman’ drew his weapon and made a move towards van Gogh and by that he cut off his left ear.”
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